Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Who is Jesus? Why was His birthday important? When was He born, really?
Day One: The Origin of Christmas
Christmas is a popular December holiday celebrated by large numbers of people all around the world. It has long been known as the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which occurred over 2,000 years ago...
Day Two: Christmastide
Christmastide is another name for the Christmas season, which is part of the liturgical calendar, the schedule of events or holidays that hold religious significance to Christians...
Day Three: Jesus' Birth Year
The Bible does not provide the exact day or even the exact year in which Jesus was born in Bethlehem. But a close examination of the chronological details of history narrows the possibilities to a reasonable window of time...
Day Four: Christmas in September
The time of year that Jesus was born is a matter of some debate, but the exact timing of Jesus' birth is nothing to be dogmatic about, given the Bible's lack of detail on the subject...
Day Five: December 25th
Speculation as to the time of Jesus' birth dates back to the 3rd century, when Hyppolytus (ca. 170-236) claimed that Jesus was born on December 25...
Day Six: The Three Wise Men
We assume that there were three wise men because of the three gifts that were given: gold, incense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11). However, the Bible does not say there were only three wise men...
Day Seven: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
Matthew 2 tells us that the magi, or wise men, travelled from the East in search of the Christ child. They inquired of King Herod where they might find Him...
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